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Chris Ard


Chris Ard

214.418.0145 Chrisard89@gmail.com T e x a s T e c h U n i v e r s i t y ‘11 B ac h e l o r o f S c i e n c e i n A r c h i t e ctu r e m a g n a cu m l au d e

Virginia Tech University W a s h i n g t o n - A l e x a n d r i a A r c h i t e ctu r e C e n t e r M a s t e r o f A r c h i t e ctu r e C a n d i d at e ‘14


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2011

2012

2013

Summer

Fall


Canadian Graffiti [S u m m e r 2011] Montreal, Canada A r c h 4601_T e x a s T e c h D u r at i o n _6 w e e k s


M o ntrea l , C a na d a .

This project was for study abroad and was located in The building site was an empty parking lot located in Old Montreal. The program was a library/gallery/museum that would act as a node in Montreal. The focus of the

l ib rar y, g alle r y, mu s eum space was Montreal s treet a rt.

g ra f f i t i

Street art and are a large part of the urban culture of Montreal. In almost every section of the city, there is artwork to be found. These pieces range from small amatuer tags to very large scale commissioned projects. Old Montreal is different from the rest of the city, however; it has very little, if any pieces of graffiti.

node

O l d M o ntrea l

for graffiti within . It will be a place to study graffiti and to practice This building will act as a graffiti techniques. The existing brick wall on the building site will serve as the public’s canvas for self expression. This graffiti will not be relegated to a dirty alleyway, but instead be on display for the public to enjoy. The library will focus on catalouging different types of graffiti, while the exhibition will focus on showing the form of

urb a n e xp re ssi o n to a piece of formal artwork.

evo l ut ion of graffiti from a


Site Diagram


site

Site + GRAFFITI


Graffiti + Circulation

Circulation + Enclosure


SEction Perspective


East elevation


Walkway section


Artist’s Gallery [S p r i n g 2011] F t . W o r t h ,T e x a s A r c h 3502_T e x a s T e c h D u r at i o n _12 w e e k s


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The program for this project was an artist’s g a l l e r y s t u d i o . The project site was located in the e r i ta g e a r k area of Fort Worth, Texas. The city planner indicated that the development of the Heritage Park area would follow the same path as the city of Vancouver. Developing the water front was very important and creating a pathway along the water was also equally important. The design concept was formed by analyzing the site’s surrounding context, most notably, the bridge. The design’s initial shape was taken from the shape of the site’s adjacent

b r i d g e . The curvature of the design as well as the orientation allows for ample to natural

sunlight to illuminate the artist galleries on the upper two levels. open them up to the waterfront pathway and allow for

The artist’s studios are located on the 3 lower levels of the building to

public interaction.


Base

Live

Compression

Show

Curve

Relax


SEction Perspective


East Elevation


Fifth Level

Third Level

First Level


Incredible A d a p tab l e Rowhouse

[F a l l 2012] Alexandria, Virginia A r c h 5501_V i r g i n i a T e c h D u r at i o n _14 w e e k s


T he

urban rowhouse is a vital component

to

the

historic

district

O ld T own

of

A lexandria , V irginia . T he rowhouse program is constantly adapting to changing societal needs .

T he

T herefore

rowhouse

program is not primary . is

inherently

constantly changing .

In

adaptable

and

the project , the

original program address the neighborhood ’ s need for a community center that focused on urban agriculture .

H alfway

through the

semester , the program was changed to a mixed use coffee house / residence . existing structure remained rest was adapted for use as

T he design ’ s the same , but the a coffee house .


Initial Concept

Concept Sketch


Concept Model

Concept Model

Final Model


Longitudinal Section


Fourth Level

Third Level

Second Level KING STREET

First Level


East Elevation


Transverse Section


Old

The New T o w n T h e at r e [S p r i n g 2013] Alexandria, Virginia A r c h 5502_V i r g i n i a T e c h D u r at i o n _14 w e e k s


K ing S treet , the historic main street of A lexandria , is without a movie theater . T his project proposes an “U rban M ultiplex ” at the “T imes S quare S ite ” of O ld T own . 7-9 theatres will house an audience from 25-150 people to provide a wide array of movie choices . T he movie theater experience is a transition from lightness to darkness . T his project seeks to capture that transition through a change in elevation and size .


Building Height

Figure Ground

Aerial

Site Plan 1’=1/64"


OUTDOOR PREVIEW THEATER

LOBBY UP UP

DN

OPEN TO BELOW UP

UP

UP

UP

UP

UP

UP

UP

UP

Underground Plan 3/32” = 1’ 1

5

Ground Level Plan 3/32” = 1’

10

1

5

10


OUTDOOR PREVIEW THEATER

CONCESSIONS

RESTAURANT

UP OPEN TO BELOW

KITCHEN

DN

UP

ROOF TERRACE

UP

UP

UP

UP

UP

UP

UP

UP

Concession Level Plan 3/32” = 1’ 1

5

10

Restaurant_Roof Level Plan 3/32” = 1’ 1

5

10


Portfolio Spring 2014